Brenda Spotton Visano is a distinguished University Professor in Economics and Public Policy. Her widely published interdisciplinary scholarship advances a heterodox perspective on macroeconomics and microfinance. She routinely consults for government agencies, the not-for-profit sector, and labour organizations. Her research, teaching, and university service have been honoured with national, provincial and university level awards recognizing her contributions.

Areas of Research and Teaching Specialization

Heterodox Macroeconomics (Financial and Monetary Systems); Microfinance; Consumer Finance

Current University Positions

University Professor with tenure, Department of Economics and School of Public Policy and Administration, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (formerly Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies), York University (2008 to present)

Director, Transition Year Program @ York

Graduate Program Membership

Graduate Program in Public Policy, Administration and Law
Graduate Program in Social & Political Thought

Graduate Program in Sociology
Graduate Program in Economics

Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Studies

Academic Honours & Awards
  • Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Status of Women Award of Distinction (2012)
  • University Professor (honor conferred June 2010)
    To be nominated for University Professor, the candidate needs to be a long-serving tenured faculty member, who has made an extraordinary contribution to the University as a colleague, teacher and scholar. That includes a significant long-term contribution to the development or growth of the University or of its parts; significant participation in the collegium through mentorship, service and/or governance; sustained impact over time on the University’s teaching mission; and recognition as a scholar. (University Senate)
  • Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Award for Dedicated Service (2004)
  • University Wide Teaching Award (2001)
  • Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Teaching Award (2000)
Selected Publications

Buckland, Jerry, Chris Robinson and Brenda Spotton Visano, eds. Payday Lending in Canada in a Global Context: A Mature Industry with Chronic Challenges London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018 Available online

Spotton Visano, Brenda Financial Crises: Socio-economic Causes and Institutional Context London & New York: Routledge. 2006 ISBN: 0-41536-2873 Available online

Spotton Visano, Brenda “Gendering Post-Keynesian Macroeconomics with Situated Knowledge” Review of Radical Political Economics v.49 n.4 (2017): 567-573. Available online

Spotton Visano, Brenda “Defying the Dominant Discourse: Why contesting Neoliberalism needs Critical Pedagogy in Economics Education" Critical Studies in Education Available online

Summary of Activities and Contributions